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Category Archives: technoscience
When You Stare Into the Uncanny Valley, the Uncanny Valley Also Stares Into You: Posthuman Narratives in The Windup Girl
Like my dear colleague A.M. Lehr below, I also couldn’t help but make the comparison between Paolo Bacigaluipi’s The Windup Girl and E.T.A. Hoffman’s The Sandman… Possibly because of the “uncanny” resemblance in the … Continue reading
Perusing a robotics installation at the Museum of Science in Boston, MA this weekend, I came across a display on RoboBees. These fascinating micro-robots are technological replacements for diminishing honeybee colonies, created to supplement our most i… Continue reading
Brooks Landon’s essay, “Less is More: Much Less is Much More: The Insistent Allure of Nanotechnology in Science Fiction” in the anthology, Nanoculture begins with a true statement of storytelling if I’ve ever heard one: “Size has … Continue reading
Education, Nanotechnology, and the Magic School Bus?: Rethinking the relationship between science and science-fiction
“Who, then, are the real ‘engineers of the future’?” -Colin Milbun, Nanovision In Nanovision, Colin Milburn explores the way in which scientific discourse and the generic conventions of science-fiction blur in the study of nanotechnology. Inde… Continue reading
At first glance, nanotechnology (technology on an atomic or molecular scale) and hyperobjects (defined by Timothy Morton as “things that are massively distributed in time and space relative to humans”) may seem like two destinations for scientific … Continue reading
As a Victorianist with a primary interest in the natural sciences and a secondary interest in contemporary speculative fiction, my research and thinking is constantly plagued by the question: how can we use Darwin today? Darwin’s influence on the Vic… Continue reading
We are all familiar with the swelling exclamation “It’s alive, it’s alive” spoken by Colin Clive in his famous 1931 depiction of Frankenstein, directed by James Whale. This scene has been so deeply drilled into our cultural psyc… Continue reading
Killian C. Quigley draws a comparison between Steven Shapin’s The Scientific Life and Martin Robbins’s article “Scientists say…”, detailing the relationship between scientific progress and its popular perception. Robbins’s article focuses on the journalistic spread of misinformation, which can lead to misconceptions of science by the public. Meanwhile, Shapin’s purpose is to reevaluate the individual’s […] Continue reading